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of perfection. >> gretchen: when president obama needed a business boost during his reconnection campaign, the former ceo of costco came to his defense, making a prime time speech at the democratic national convention. >> business needs a president who covered the backs of businesses, a president who understands what the private sector needs to succeed. a president who takes the longview and makes the tough decisions. that's why i'm here tonight supporting president obama. >> gretchen: so now he and the rest of the costco board cashing in on that support, having voted to give them selves a special dividend to avoid the president's looming tax increase. so is this what the president means by tax fairness? the host of varney and company, stuart varney, is here. i'm so glad you're going to explain this because it is relatively complicated. what did they do? >> first of all, let me explain tax hypocrisy. here is how it works, the board of costco, which is headed by that gentleman, they vote themselves a special $7 per share dividend. he and his wife own 2 million shares of costco. so they ge
by the aarp. >>> our guy john. 'charlie rose with gayle king and norah o'donnell. president obama meets today with business leaders focusing on ab boarding the fiscal cliff. on capitol hill democrats and republicans are not meeting and a deal does not seem to be close. in a just-released gallup poll, 62% of americans want to see a compromise. 25% want republican and democratic leaders to hold firm on spending cuts and tax increases. major garrett is at the white house this morning. >> reporter: there is a common thread running through all of this. the public wants a deal. so do the governors, mayors, civic leaders, business executives and everyone else who has come through capitol hill and the white house to talk about the fiscal cliff. for the first time since this drama began to play out on a very public stage, yesterday there were no substantive negotiations or conversations whatsoever, none at all. and here is what the public thinks about all this. if, in fact, the nation does go off the fiscal cliff and negative consequences ensue, by a two to one ratio, by the most recent poll, it will
is covering it all from the white house. and it's clear that president obama believes he has the upper hand here. >> reporter: he sure does, george. and later today, president obama will speak to corporate executives at the business roundtable. and he'll try to enlist their help in his negotiations with congressional republicans. and his latest demand, that congress remove its own power as it stands right now, to raise the debt ceiling. it is a bold gambit that congressional republicans are already calling a non-starter. paul ryan stepped back into the spotlight late tuesday, with a feisty shot at the president. >> i congratulate him on his victory. but on january 20th, he'll face a stagnant economy and a fiscal mess. you might even say he'll inherit these problems. >> reporter: there's a lot of bah humbug in washington, d.c. these days. 'tis the season to be surly. the president told bloomberg television that without tax rates going up on the wealthiest americans, there will be no deal to avert going over the fiscal cliff. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. and we
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